The uMshwathi Municipality confirmed that it has positively identified everyone killed in Tuesday’s horror crash between a fuel tanker and a minibus taxi on the R33/R614, near Wartburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Municipal spokesperson Sibusiso Mkhithi described the scene from the accident as a “catastrophe”.

He said they had managed to identify 10 people on Tuesday, while the remaining two bodies were identified on Wednesday.

One of the victims was a pregnant woman; the foetus also died.

“When the families arrived on the scene, we couldn’t let them get too close, because the fuel tanker was still leaking and could burst [into flames] anytime,” Mkhithi said.

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According to KwaZulu-Natal’s Transport MEC, Bheki Ntuli, the majority of the passengers were travelling in the minibus taxi from eMpolweni to Pietermaritzburg.

He said the deceased were 10 females, including the pregnant woman, and two males.

“A multidisciplinary team of experts has now been set to investigate the cause of the horrendous accident,” said Ntuli.

On Tuesday, police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele alleged a truck driver had failed to stop at a stop sign, which resulted in the taxi and the tanker crashing.

The truck driver is still on the run.

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